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Our legal team is comprised of seasoned, forward-thinking attorneys with the depth and breadth of experience to handle the most challenging cases in a variety of areas.

Jody Benard Jody C. Benard Senior Counsel
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Jody C. Benard, Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith, is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer with a proven record of achieving excellent results in all types of cases. With extensive experience in litigation and trial, Jody has prosecuted and defended significant matters from both sides of the courtroom.

Before joining the Hickey Smith team, Jody was the founding and managing partner of a successful defense litigation firm. During this time, in addition to her handling all aspects of litigation, including trial, Jody directed the business operations of the firm and successfully managed a multitude of matters.

Jody has actively practiced in state and federal courts in both New York and New Jersey. With her diverse background, Jody brings a wide range of expertise to the firm including property damage, labor law, premises liability, personal injury, commercial litigation, products liability and insurance coverage. Additionally, Jody has experience in setting and maintaining policy for No Fault claims and litigation.

Jody also serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the New York School for the Deaf.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas, STE 9C
New York, New York 10018

Education

JD, George Washington University National Law Center, 1986

BA, University of Rochester, 1983

 

Bar Admissions

New York

New Jersey

Court Admissions

New York State Courts

United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern District

New Jersey State Courts

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Nichole-Camiso-4web Nichole Camiso Associate
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Nichole Camiso brings over a decade of civil litigation experience to the firm, with a concentration in insurance defense. She has defended over 300 cases to successful resolution, by way of settlement, arbitration, mediation, or trial.

Nichole has a broad range of experience in matters such as complex litigation, insurance coverage, SIU/fraud, construction litigation, premises liability, products liability, wrongful death, employment and labor law, public entity liability, professional liability, civil rights litigation, DRAM shop and liquor liability, and personal injury.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas, STE 9C
New York, New York 10018

Education

JD,  Temple University, Beasley School of Law, 2007

BA, English, Temple University, magna cum laude, 2003

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Ann-DelCollo-HSbio Ann M. DelCollo Partner
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Ann DelCollo is an insurance defense industry veteran.  She has devoted her career to defending personal injury lawsuits in Philadelphia, and its surrounding counties.

For the better part of the last 25 years, Ann has defended insurers as either an in-house counsel for two of the largest carriers in the country or in the law firm setting.  Having worked in the industry as both an in-house counsel and law firm litigator, she brings a grounded and well-balanced understanding to the practice.

Ann has appeared in more than 500 trials or arbitrations on behalf of her insurance industry clients.  She has extensive experience defending personal injury lawsuits involving both personal and commercial lines. Ann also has significant experience in the areas of business litigation, employee theft, class-action asbestos litigation, and criminal defense.

Ann began her career in Philadelphia as an insurance defense attorney, defending medical malpractice, personal injury, and asbestos lawsuits. From there she served as trial counsel for Allstate Insurance Company, and later, she served as senior trial counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company. 

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873 E. Baltimore Pike
PMB 963
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Education

JD, Widener University School of Law,1992

BS, Biology, Lock Haven University,1989

Internship, Insulin Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University, 1988

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Christian Dodd - Hickey Smith Christian E. Dodd Legal Operations Partner
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As Hickey Smith’s Legal Operations Partner, Christian Dodd is responsible for the design, development, implementation and execution of the firm’s unique legal services delivery model. He oversees the development, testing and maintenance of the firm’s proprietary legal workflows, checklists, automated document assembly templates and case assessment tool.  He also oversees the identification, collection and analysis of matter-specific data collected throughout the lifecycle of each firm matter.  This data is utilized for continuous process improvement and to provide actionable business insight to firm clients.

Prior to joining Hickey Smith, Christian practiced law in the large firm environment, most recently as a Partner with Akerman LLP, and prior to that with Winston & Strawn. His practice has focused on complex commercial and business litigation, intellectual property matters, and government investigations. Christian’s experience ranges from simple B2B contract disputes to consolidated multi-district class action litigation and bet-the-company litigation. He also has significant experience managing the e-discovery lifecycle in the context of both small- and large-scale litigation and government investigations. Christian draws upon his broad experience to devise strategies to improve efficiencies and reduce costs in litigation.

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Available for consultation at:
10752 Deerwood Park Blvd
Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Education

JD, UCLA School of Law, 2004, Order of the Coif

BA Economics, 1994, Michigan State University, With High Honors

BS Psychology, 1994, Michigan State University, With High Honors

Bar Admissions

California

Florida

Michigan

Minnesota

Court Admissions

United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Seventh and Ninth Circuits

United States District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California

United States District Courts for the Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida

United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Kori-Frampton-web4 Korri Abrams Frampton Senior Counsel
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Korri Abrams Frampton serves as Senior Counsel for Hickey Smith and brings over twenty years of legal experience to the firm. Skilled in torts, arbitration, trial practice, and legal writing, she also has substantial experience in all aspects of defense litigation. Korri received her J.D. from Syracuse University, graduating magna cum laude, and served as the editor of the Survey of New York Law for the Syracuse Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Korri was a New York State, Licensed Insurance Broker, (Property & Casualty and Life, Accident & Health), which equips her with the unique ability to combine legal expertise with extensive knowledge of the insurance industry and regulations, and provide a broad business perspective on a myriad of issues.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 9C
New York, New York 10018

Education

JD, Magna Cum Laude, Syracuse University, School of Law, 1993

BA, S.U.N.Y. at Binghamton, 1985

Bar Admissions

New York

Mark-Grodberg-HSwebbio Mark S. Grodberg Senior Counsel
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Mark Grodberg has been a commercial defense litigator for over 17 years.  Mark represents defendants in matters concerning premises liability, motor vehicle, general negligence and New York State Labor Law actions. He handles every aspect of the litigation process, including answering the summons and complaint, organizing and implementing the discovery process, investigation, and depositions, and coordinating medical examinations.

Given his experience, Mark knows how to get to the crux of the matter quickly and works to towards the efficient and prompt resolution of the case through motion practice or settlement. When a matter cannot be resolved amicably, Mark will not hesitate to take the matter to trial where he enjoys a considerable amount of success.

Mark has served as the primary trial attorney or outside trial attorney for a number of insurance defense firms located in New York.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 9C
New York, New York 10018

Education

JD, Brooklyn Law School, 1999

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Jean-Hamer-4web Jean M. Hamer Senior Counsel
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As Senior Counsel for Hickey Smith, Jean Hamer brings more than fifteen years of experience as a litigation and advocacy attorney, with proven expertise in legal representation, research and litigation. Jean’s diverse background includes representing clients on various matters with a particular focus in insurance related matters, including civil litigation, mediation, arbitration, drafting and arguing dispositive motions, and performing extensive legal research.

Jean earned her juris doctorate in 2001 from Villanova University, School of Law, and began her legal career as a judicial law clerk with the Connecticut Superior Court.  In private practice, she has handled personal injury defense, debt consolidation and debtor’s rights; as well as providing per diem services for local and national law firms. During this period, she gained extensive knowledge conducting research and writing complex briefs, and attending court proceedings, including arguing motions at short calendar, pre-trial conferences, and court ordered arbitrations.

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61 North Plains Industrial Road
Suite 206
Wallingford, CT 06492

Education

JD, Villanova University, School of Law, 2001

BS, University of Connecticut, 1994

 

Bar Admissions

Connecticut

 

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

NEW David-Hickey-hs-3 David M. Hickey Managing Partner
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As Hickey Smith’s Managing Partner, David Hickey is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the design and implementation of the firm’s established processes, procedures, protocols, and workflows to drive continuous firm improvement. David has leveraged technology to design and implement process-based solutions to create efficiencies and reduce both systematic and assystematic risks. David has successfully managed complex legal matters in the US, South East Asia, South Asia and the UK for 25 years. Prior to joining Hickey Smith, David was an equity partner with Winston & Strawn, LLP, a litigator with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, a prosecutor with the United States Air Force and a Special Assistant United States Attorney. He has first chair trial experience and has advised numerous clients in connection with “bet the company” and other crisis related situations. He has represented clients across a variety of industries.

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23 E. Colorado Blvd
Suite 203
Pasadena, CA 91105

Education

JD, Stanford Law School, 1989

BS, Business and Economics, 1986, Georgetown University

Bar Admissions

California

District of Columbia

Texas

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of California

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Kevin-Hughes-HSwebbio Kevin M. Hughes Senior Counsel
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Kevin M. Hughes has extensive experience handling a variety of litigation matters from pre-litigation through resolution, including motion practice, arbitration, mediation, and trial. He has taken over 35 jury verdicts throughout the state of Connecticut, resulting in many outright defendants’ verdicts along with many verdicts below the last offer of settlement prior to trial.

Kevin is responsible for representing clients in matters concerning premises liability, motor vehicle accident defense and general negligence. Kevin handles every step of the litigation process, including answering the summons and complaint, organizing and implementing the discovery process, investigation, and depositions, and coordinating medical examinations. Kevin takes pride in working with the client to develop a litigation strategy aimed at the efficient and swift resolution of the matter.

Kevin practiced as an in-house counsel for a Fortune 100 company where he handled insurance defense matters for the company from case inception through trial, obtaining positive outcomes for his client at all stages of the litigation process. He has also served as the Managing Attorney for the State of Connecticut for a national law firm.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 9C
New York, New York 10018

Education

LLM, Western New England School of Law, 2007

JD, Western New England School of Law, 2004

BA Liberal Studies, Westfield State University, 1999

Bar Admissions

Connecticut
Massachusetts

Court Admissions

United States District Court – District of Massachusetts

United States District Court – District of Connecticut

Anna K. Jarvis Anna K. Jarvis Associate
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Anna brings nearly a decade of business and legal experience to the firm, including title insurance defense, civil litigation, foreclosure defense, contract disputes, probate, trusts and estate planning, real estate litigation, and family law. In addition to assisting with the representation of the firm’s clients, Anna is instrumental in the development and testing of templates and checklists for pleadings, motions, discovery and other legal documents.

Prior to joining Hickey Smith, Anna held the position of AVP/Claims Counsel for Fidelity National Financial where she managed the claims administration process from the initial notification through litigation and resolution, including formulating litigation strategies and managing outside counsel. Prior to joining Fidelity, Anna worked in private practice, representing individuals and organizations in all aspects of litigation in numerous substantive areas of law. In addition to her legal experience, Anna has also worked in the IT industry as a project manager for a global software implementation project where she acted as a liaison between the software development team and the security/legal department.

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10752 Deerwood Park Blvd
Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256

Education

JD, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2011

MBA, University of North Florida, 2007

BA Business Administration, University of Florida, 2002

Bar Admissions

Florida

 

NEW Rene-Kahn-hs-3 Rene M. Kahn Lead Attorney, Global Sourcing
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As Hickey Smith’s Lead Attorney for Global Sourcing, Rene Kahn is responsible for ensuring that best practices are employed in the firm’s Manila offices to ensure timely, accurate and cost effective delivery of work product to clients.

Rene has extensive experience in coordinating dual shore legal teams in the US and Manila and has first chair trial experience in US district court. He has handled matters involving the Investment Company Act of 1933; Arms Export Control Act; International Traffic in Arms Regulation and Americans with Disabilities Act.

Rene has served as a law clerk to several California state and federal judges, as well as a trial deputy for the Federal Public Defender in the Central District of California.

Rene is committed to leveraging his legal expertise and management experience to continuously improve the work product processed in Hickey Smith’s Manila office.

Contacts

Suite 7000, Octagon Center
San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas,
Pasig City 1605, Philippines

Education

Southwestern Law School, 1998, Magna cum Laude

BA Political Science, 1988, Florida Atlantic University, Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

California

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

United States District Court for the Central District of California

David-Kaplan-HSwebbio David S. Kaplan Senior Counsel
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David Kaplan has over thirty years of insurance defense experience. He has handled more than 300 insurance defense related trials or arbitrations.  David’s extensive experience includes matters involving personal injury, automobiles, product liability, workers’ compensation, property damage and general liability, as well as Title 59 issues, PIP matters, and asbestos litigation.

David handles cases from initial inception through to resolution, involving initial pleadings, interrogatories, depositions, discovery motions, mandatory non-binding arbitration, summary judgments, pre-trial motions, trial briefs and trial, as well as addressing issues involving insurance coverage.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 9C
New York, New York 10018

Education

JD, Southwestern University School of Law, 1983

BS, Accounting, American University, 1976

Bar Admissions

New Jersey

 

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Fernando-Leal-4web Fernando M. Leal Senior Counsel
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Fernando M. Leal, Senior Counsel with Hickey Smith, is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer with a proven record of successfully achieving desired results and objectives for clients. With his extensive experience in litigation and trial, Fernando has prosecuted and defended high profile cases from both sides of the courtroom. Because the unique strategies developed and used by Fernando resulted in favorable outcomes, Verdict Search has published many of his jury verdicts.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas, STE 9C
New York, New York 10018

Education

JD, SUNY at Buffalo, School of Law, 1996

BA, Fordham University, 1991

 

Bar Admissions

New York

 

Court Admissions

New York State Courts

 

 

Mark Manewitz 3x4 Mark L. Manewitz Partner, Environmental Law
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Mark L. Manewitz is a sought after legal expert who counsels clients and represents them in environmental aspects of the purchase and sale of contaminated property, bringing and defending litigation, and administrative proceedings.

He has a wide area of experience in Environmental and Energy Legal matter including representing clients in insurance disputes and coverage matters., including state and federal enforcement actions in New York, New Jersey, and many other jurisdictions. Mark’s favorable agency and court results also help clients achieve agreements in complex environmental issues with private parties and government.

His practice encompasses business transactions in energy and high-tech industries, environmental aspects of all businesses, environmental litigation, and the various aspects of developing contaminated property for commercial and residential use “brownfields” and redevelopment.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas, STE 9C
New York, New York 10018

Education

JD, Rutgers, 1973

BA, Psychology, University of Chicago, 1970

Bar Admissions

New York

New Jersey

Court Admissions

State Court of New York

State Court of New Jersey

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

US District Court of New Jersey

US District Court for the Second Circuit of New York

US District Court for the Third Circuit

Susan Neuman Susan K. Neuman Partner, Environmental Insurance Coverage Law
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Susan Neuman is one of the country’s leading experts on environmental insurance for owners, buyers, and developers of contaminated properties, or Brownfields.

She began her legal career as an Associate in the Environmental Practice Group of a large law firm where she litigated CGL coverage actions and actions involving  pollution legal liability (PLL) policies on behalf of AIG and other environmental insurers. She also gained experience in drafting  restrictive versions of the PLL policies. Later, she worked in-house at an insurance company as head of product development in drafting and developing all types of specialty lines coverages, including some of the new insurance products that emerged at the beginning of the Brownfields Movement.

Since 1997, she has used her policy drafting and legal coverage skills as an environmental insurance broker to ensure the success of numerous  contaminated property transactions by tailoring the policies to fit specific risks.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas, STE 9C
New York, New York 10018

Education

JD, Yale

PhD, New York University

BA, English, Smith College

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

US District Court for the Southern District of New York

Court of Appeals for the Supreme Court of New York

Phil-Partridge-4web Philip L. Partridge Of Counsel
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Philip Partridge brings more than two decades of experience in all areas of litigation, mediation and trial advocacy with a concentration in insurance defense, probate and real property disputes, and commercial litigation. In his litigation practice, Philip provided alternative dispute resolution (ADR), with highly successful mediation results in disputes involving personal injury, insurance, estates and trusts, commercial litigation, real property litigation, commercial and residential foreclosures, HOA claims, and general civil litigation and appeals.

In addition to his litigation and ADR experience, Philip is an educator in the legal field. He has conducted and participated in numerous legal seminars and has been a guest lecturer at Stetson University in the pre-law program.

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390 North Orange Avenue, Suite 2300
Orlando, FL 32801

Education

JD, University of Florida, 1990

BSA, University of Florida, 1987

Bar Admissions

Florida

Court Admissions

11th Circuit Court of Appeals

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As an Associate Attorney with Hickey Smith, Maureen Quinn brings over a decade of experience in a broad range of matters to the firm, including FLSA and New York State wage violations; medical malpractice, wrongful death, automobile liability, insurance disputes, RICO violations, contract disputes, defamation, employment disputes, labor law violations, premises liability, collections and landlord-tenant proceedings.

Maureen prides herself on being involved in all aspects of litigation from inception through trial and alternative dispute resolution. Maureen consistently provides the necessary knowledge and guidance resulting in successful outcomes for her clients.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 9C
New York, New York 10018

Education

JD, Touro College, Jacob O. Fuchsberg Law Center, 2005

BA, Hofstra University, 2002

The College of Insurance (now known as St. John’s of Risk Management)

Bar Admissions

New York

Court Admissions

New York State Courts

United States District Court for the Eastern District

Martha-Vasquez-HSweb Martha J. Vasquez Senior Counsel
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Martha Vasquez has more than 13 years of litigation experience and has handled more than 200 trials and arbitrations. For nearly a decade, Martha has focused her litigation practice primarily on insurance defense work on behalf of several insurance carriers. She has extensive experience handling insurance defense cases from inception to conclusion.

She handles all phases of insurance defense litigation in the areas of general liability, premises liability, auto accidents, trucking and transportation, construction accidents, restaurant liability, excess insurance monitoring, insurance coverage and subrogation claims in both New Jersey and New York.

Martha is a former Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office and a former Assistant Attorney General with the New York State Attorney General’s Office.  She has prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters, including cases concerning organized crime and conspiracies, cases concerning narcotics schemes, and cases concerning insurance fraud.

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1040 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 9C
New York, New York 10018

Education

BA, Political Science, Temple University, 1998, Magna Cum Laude

JD, New York Law School, 2004

Bar Admissions

New York

New Jersey

Court Admissions

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Audrey Weinstein-HS-5x7-72 Audrey M. Weinstein Of Counsel
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Audrey brings more than thirty years of experience as a corporate, transactional and health care attorney to Hickey Smith. Prior to joining Hickey Smith, Audrey served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Superior Vision Corp. and its affiliates, a leading vision and eye care benefits manager.  Audrey joined Superior Vision in 2013 following the consolidation of Block Vision and Superior Vision and served as General Counsel for Block Vision since 1995.  While serving as General Counsel, Audrey was the chief legal and compliance officer responsible for legal, regulatory and operational compliance matters and was instrumental in the development of the company’s compliance program.  She was responsible for leading the company’s internal processes for promoting and ensuring compliance with laws, regulations and company policies, including risk management and HIPAA Privacy and Security.
Audrey was also responsible for the company’s contracting activities, including those with clients and third-party vendors, regulatory and licensing matters, development and implementation of the company’s quality management and utilization management programs to support client delegated functions, third-party audit process, and corporate governance activities.
Audrey is also Vice President and General Counsel for EXTEND Resources, a professional services and solutions company specializing in business and legal process optimization, eDiscovery, contract management, and cybersecurity.
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23 East Colorado Blvd, Suite 203
Pasadena, CA 91105

Education

J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, 1984
B.A., State University of New York, Albany, 1980

Bar Admissions

New York

New Jersey

 

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Carol Ann Weinman joined Hickey Smith as a Senior Counsel, and brings more than three decades of experience working in a broad range of insurance and general litigation matters specializing in insurance defense work. Carol Ann has represented clients in various cases involving general, auto and premises liability matters, transportation related actions, medical malpractice, product liability, and personal injury. She also has extensive experience drafting affidavits, preparing coverage opinions, and appearing at mediations and appeals hearings representing clients in matters involving construction and labor law issues, municipal liability and insurance coverage litigation.

Carol Ann earned her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University in New York City, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Manhattanville College.

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60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 938
New York, N.Y. 10165

Education

JD, St. John’s University School of Law, 1981

BA, Manhattanville College, 1978

Bar Admissions

New York